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Flatbed report: Far cry from 2018, but bright spots remain

What a difference a year makes. Last year at the end of May there were about 90 flatbed load posts for every truck post, and the national average flatbed rate was $2.72 per mile. Last week we ended May with a load-to-truck ratio of 13 loads per truck and a national… Read More

Van rates finally pick up steam

Carriers have been waiting for good news for awhile now, and spot market rates finally started picking up steam last week. The Memorial Day holiday made for a shortened work week, which made for a tighter window for moving shipments before the end of the month. That pushed load-to-truck ratios higher, meaning shippers and brokers had a harder time finding available trucks. That helped push rates higher on 73 of the top 100 lanes.… Read More

Freight Forecast: More boom less gloom

Are we really on the brink of a freight recession? I've seen countless gloom-and-doom forecasts and analyses from some very smart people, but I'm not buying it. I look at the data, and I see a continuing pattern of growth in freight volumes, both in the spot market and in the U.S. truckload segment overall.… Read More

10 things you need to know about Roadcheck 2019

The largest truck inspection blitz of the year is coming. For three days in June, enforcement officials will be conducting International Roadcheck at more than 1,500 roadside locations throughout North America. Here are 10 things you need to know: Need help finding a truck or a load during Roadcheck? DAT load boards provide the largest and most trusted digital freight marketplace… Read More

Reefers get a boost ahead of Memorial Day

Reefer carriers finally got some good news last week. Demand for refrigerated trailers has been relatively soft this year, but shipments ahead of Memorial Day weekend pushed rates higher in many major markets and high-traffic lanes. That should also help van rates, since reefer carriers often compete for dry van loads when reefer demand is low. Last week the load-to-truck ratio was up 12% over the previous week, and the national… Read More

Are there finally signs of life for van rates?

Summer is right around the corner, but many carriers are still waiting for spot market rates to rebound ahead of what's typically the peak shipping season in June. So far, van rates haven't moved up as expected in May. The national average currently sits at $1.80 per mile, which is 1¢ lower than the April average. On the upside, rates rose on 54 of the top 100 lanes last week, which is a hopeful sign. There could be a greater sense… Read More

What are Trucking Freight Futures?

Trucking is undergoing a transformation, as new technologies, e-commerce, ELDs, and economic growth reshape the supply chain landscape and add volatility to the mix. That volatility exposes motor carriers, freight brokerages, 3PLs, and shippers to more risk. That's where the first-ever Trucking Freight Futures exchange comes in. Read More

Van rates stuck in holding pattern

Spot market van trends were a mixed bag last week. The large volume of freight we saw moving from the West Coast during the previous week resulted in higher volumes in the East last week, but several West Coast cities saw sharp volume declines. Truckload capacity also tightened across much of the southern half of the country, but that was offset by the heavy competition for loads in the top half of the country, which you can see in… Read More

Good and bad news for reefer freight

Refrigerated trends took a step back last week due to weakness in Florida and some California markets. Read More

Hauling candy by the truckload is a sweet niche

I got started early in candy logistics. After I got my MBA in transportation, I managed a fleet based in Melrose Park, IL, and negotiated rates with the suppliers at E.J. Brach. I was in my 30s at the time, and I told the guy that I’d been handling Brach's candy for 25 years. That's because my father was a candy jobber – a small, regional distributor who serviced all kinds of accounts. Dad worked with a regional pool… Read More

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